The first time I went to Morocco I was 23 years old. It was 2005, and I went for two weeks with a Moroccan friend. (Travel tip: the best way to visit a country is with a local!) We traveled from Marseille to Morocco via Milan (because we were poor students, haha!)
Of course, we traveled as students traveled, we went backpacking more or less. We traveled by bus, from city to city and stayed in inexpensive hotels and ate at inexpensive (but delicious) restaurants.
When my husband announced the possibility of a trip to Casablanca, I jumped on it. Again, we’d be visiting with a Moroccan friend who would host us in his home and show us around.
Morocco: Tradition and Modernity
When you think of Morocco, you may think “Islam” “Tradition” “Arabic” “conservative” … and you are partly right… The “Royaume du Maroc” is a country of contrasts, where tradition and modernity come together, yet do not clash. It is the place where you can have traditional bread and spread Nutella on it, where people start their conversations in Arabic and throw in a little French and maybe even some English. It is a country where you have taxis, buses, donkeys, SUVs and luxury cars all sitting in traffic together. It is a country where you hear the call to prayer and you also hear the music and lights of lounges and casinos.
Not only is Morocco a welcoming country, but it is also a beautiful country… where you will find the beauty of the Atlas mountains, the Mediterranean, the desert… where you can enjoy delicious honey, olive oil, dates, figs, pastries… Morocco even produces wines!
You can enjoy spa services at the hammam, such as massages and beauty treatments with argan oil and savon noir.
It is a country where you can buy the best leather goods in a souk, and where, while you’re negotiating the price with the shopkeeper, he will offer you some tea.
I really love this country… and hope this post has inspired you to learn more about it, visit it, and explore its wonders.
Without further a do, here are some photos from my second taste of Morocco…
Please stay tuned for more posts on beautiful Morocco!!